Now, onto today’s General Session, which has been anticipated all week, due to Steve Wozniak’s appearance onstage with Grady Booch. More on that later........
First, kicking off the final General Session of Pulse 2012, Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President of GTS talked about the pressures of a Smarter Planet: where everything is instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. He discussed IBM's SmartCloud platform and provided examples of how IBM is helping clients get beyond virtualization by offering deployment choices across private and hybrid clouds, managed services or delivered as software as a service. He also stressed that to re-think IT and reinvent your business, you need a trusted partner.
Next up: Helene Armitage, General Manager of STG, discussed how the consumer data explosion will have a tremendous impact on systems innovations and how this is driving the infrastructure of the future. An impactful data point she cited: 80% of people will have mobile devices in the next 5 years, which has significant implications to how we build data centers. In this scenario, I especially liked the challenge she posed to us to assume a leadership role in figuring out the greatest value to maximize business outcomes.
Now, on to Watson.........This presentation, by Manoj Saxena, General Manager of IBM Watson Solutions, was especially moving as he discussed the real-life impact that Watson is having in the healthcare industry: acting almost like a physician’s assistant, and helping in disease diagnostics. Across so many industries, Watson has been tapped to address huge challenges that leverage Watson’s analytical technology. Interesting to note that this technology definitely plays in a Cloud-based IT environment.
As the finale to the three days of Pulse general sessions, IBM Fellow Grady Booch interviewed Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Computer. Key topics focused on Wozniak’s fascinating life as an inventor, teacher, and entrepreneur. Such great stories he shared such as the time he and Steve Jobs used their technology "know-how" to crank call the Pope. Seriously, though, Wozniak was so passionate about the importance of educating kids on computers and programming and the meaning of 1s and 0s, that, after his stint with Apple, he went on to teach 5th graders for awhile. Scott Hebner joined Grady and Woz on stage to take questions from Twitter, using the hashtag #askwoz. And, there were some great ones.......like: "what’s the next killer app, Woz?" How ‘bout Watson for the iPhone?! And, when asked what advice he’d offer IBM? Woz says: "Stay as a marketing driven company. You know your customers’ needs, and that is key. I admire that.!" Thanks, Woz! Will do!
Drumroll, please.........Now on to all the Storage Management happenings at Pulse, Day 3. There were 2 simultaneous storage sessions that kicked off this morning: LV 1871 and their virtualization journey, and Hertz Australia’s TSM 6 and TSM SUR experiences. LV 1871, a German insurance company, discussed how IBM SAN Volume Controller and Tivoli Storage Productivity Center have helped them increase its business agility, enable a standardized management console in the data center, and elevate IT service levels. Meanwhile, in the next room, Hertz Australia’s Richard Whybrow (with Hertz mascot Horatio) spoke about Hertz’sTSM 6 experience and how they also had considered CommVault and NetBackup, but IBM was the most cost effective choice by far. We like that! As a sidenote, Richard was also the IBM Tivoli User Group video winner with his video of how he uses TSM at Hertz. Later in the day, Richard also participated in a customer video interview for us, in which he re-stated on camera how CommVault and NetBackup was far more expensive than TSM.
Later in the day, the storage sessions continued with Peer 1 Hosting discussing how they leveraged the data reduction capabilities of TSM to effectively manage thousands of customers' backup and recovery environments. Also, the Principal Financial Group reviewed best practices and capabilities co-developed by IBM and Principal Financial Group, which enable TSM VE to execute parallel backup and restore operations on multiple virtual machines simultaneously.
The final storage session of Pulse featured Tivoli BP Frontsafe discuss the TSM portal cloud management solution, which greatly maximizes the manageability and effectiveness of your TSM environment, basically, allowing you to deliver TSM as a Cloud Service. Key benefits highlighted include: faster way to bring TSM to market with few resources needed; eliminates the complexity of client-side TSM administration; easy-to-use daily reporting and support tools; and, lets you set up multiple layers of distribution (OEM branded all the way down). Also, this solution makes TSM available to small- and medium-sized companies.
As I wrapped up Pulse 2012 with a few last minute photo opportunities for Tivoli Storage, and ended the evening with a spectacular meal at Todd English’s Olives Restaurant in the Bellagio with colleagues, I couldn’t help but think "best Pulse ever," but, I only have 2 under my belt, now, so what do I know? But, really, how DO we top Maroon 5 AND Steve Wozniak together at a single Pulse?? I can already hear the creative drumbeat of Pulse 2013 in the distance now............
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